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Not My Cup of Tea...Err, 'Tree'.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 3, 2013
I read this book for school with my literature class over the span of 2 weeks. While I thought it went off to a good start, as the chapters wore on I became less and less impressed.
First, I began to realize that Freckles was simply too perfect. Yes, he has an arm lopped off, but his personality and way of going about things is almost to the extent of a Gary-Stu. The way he spends quiet days in the forest he loves, guarding anything precious to him with a fierce passion...while it's a fairly good role model, it's extremely boring to read. The poor lad lacks originality.
The Swamp Angel...to be blunt, I despised every scene she was in. If Freckles is a Gary-Stu, then in the light of her he's a normal guy. Her only flaw is being absolutely perfect.
At the resolution of the book, I nearly screamed. I shan't give anything away, but let's simply say that it's a perfect end to a sickeningly perfect story.
Yeah, yeah...it's a classic romantic story, just not my sort of thing. It's like a really mushy cereal. Some people like that, and that's okay. But in my taste, mushiness is just a substitution for filling.
Alright...I don't know anyone who likes mushy cereal. Maybe that wasn't the best analogy in the world.